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Three amigos

The phrase “three amigos” might not conjure up an image of three circuit judges, much less judges in large sombreros – until now that is. Judges David V. Williams of Martinsville, David A. Melesco of Danville and Clifford R. Weckstein ...

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Poster child for the automated age

Salem lawyer Ross Hart makes a point about the de-personalization of society with a homemade bar code name tag at today’s annual meeting of the Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association. Leisa Ciaffone takes the reins as president of the group for ...

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Poster child for the automated age

Salem lawyer Ross Hart makes a point about the de-personalization of society with a homemade bar code name tag at today’s annual meeting of the Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association. Leisa Ciaffone takes the reins as president of the group for ...

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Civil Rights – Drug Court Treatment Claim Advances

A community services board and drug court program directors must defend against claims that the required Alcoholics Anonymous treatment model violates a defendant’s religious freedom, an Alexandria U.S. District Court says. Thorne v. Hale (USDC-ED) (VLW 009-3-177) (41 pp.)

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Republicans urging delegates to come to convention

GOP candidates are beating the bushes to get supporters to Richmond for the party convention May 30. Republicans will choose their candidates at the convention, and nominations for attorney general and lieutenant governor depend on who shows up. According to the ...

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Party faithful will decide Democratic primary

Turnout may be limited for the June 9 primary to choose who carries the Democratic banner in the fall election for governor. Only a fraction of the state’s roughly 5 million voters are expected to vote in the race between ...

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Hanging on to the house (access required)

Richmond attorney Eric D. White saw the housing bust coming earlier than most. In the summer of 2006, fewer potential buyers were showing up on the courthouse steps to bid on foreclosed properties. White, whose firm specializes in foreclosures, said ...

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Search & Seizure – Auto Stop – Front License Plate (access required)

A driver stopped by police while traveling on I-95 with a Pennsylvania license plate on the back but no license plate on the front of the vehicle, can suppress evidence of marijuana found by police, a Greensville County Circuit Court ...

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Contract – Exclusivity Clause – Credit Information Authorization (access required)

A consumer’s “Authorizations” granting access to credit information under plaintiff’s services administration agreement with defendant Discover Bank were exclusive to plaintiff and survived termination of the agreement, a Fairfax Circuit Court rules. This case involves consumers granting access to their ...

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Employment – Public Employee – Grievance Procedure (access required)

A Richmond Circuit Court upholds a hearing officer’s reinstatement of the finance director of the Science Museum of Virginia, who was terminated after sending an e-mail to museum management and trustees complaining that “Desperate times call for desperate measures; the ...

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